Adder’s Fork – The Individualist

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Self-released
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://addersfork.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/addersforkofficial/



Band line-up:

Marko Köfler

Tracklisting:

1. Moodshift
2. The Individualist
3. Witchgrove Mountain
4. We Stare Into the Fading Sun
5. A Wall Behind the Curtain

Review:

Adder’s Fork is an Austrian post-rock-metal-punk act that started in 2012. It got its name from William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’. Fork’s latest album ‘The Individualist’ was self-released on November 10, 2018 and it is for fans of The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure and The Sound. Solo band member Marko’s goal is to combine all of his influences that have guided him through most of his life and to create his own vision.

Has he created his own vision? Arguably, yes. He may be heavily inspired by aggressive music styles, but refreshingly he has managed to create a dark atmosphere that isn’t all about power chords and blast beats. Instead, such ideas are used with intelligence and taste, and all instruments work together in a way that makes the others shine. Clean sections only make the contrasting distorted parts seem more powerful when they arrive. Furthermore, as not all instruments play all the time, they are only more appreciated when they are heard. Such creativity is uncommon in metal. Instrumentally wise (certainly not in mood) RATM’s debut springs to mind. Think how ‘Wake Up’ makes the most out of all the musicians and their textures.

Pedal tone riffs have been extremely popular with metal bands since the 80s and AF are certainly keeping the tradition alive in ‘A Wall Behind the Curtain’. You’d think it would be very hard to use them in such a way that was even the slightest bit new, but Adder have pulled the devices off. Whether it was the band’s intention or not, their riffs kind of bring to mind early In Flames at times. The clean gothy singing in The Individualist is miles away from the screams of the just mentioned melodic death metal band, again showing how interesting this music is.

In conclusion, this is adventurous music but not adventurous enough to spoil the fun of everything on offer. The music here isn’t serious prog, instead it can be said to be rather contemporary, just with some added spice that many will love. To prevent confusion, whilst the band describes itself as ‘punk’, its music isn’t the kind that is hardcore and anti-everything, but rather more thoughtful. Similarly, it’s not typical metal, either. Everything is put together very well, so give it at least a listen!

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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